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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 1, 2006 11:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: rhino release

Without a doubt drugs were part of what made the Dead the Dead.

That's very un-PC to say these days but it was a reality of the band's sound and part of what made them sound the way they did and write and create and jam the way they did. For sometimes good and sometimes bad. (Most times phenomenal.)

It was Phil, I believe, who once said that part of the thing with Jerry and drugs is that he just didn't like to be told what was good for him and what wasn't... and fairly enjoyed giving the finger to the rest of the world when it came to things that he wanted to put into his own body.

Obviously, he paid a price for that in the end, but I guarantee you none of us would be here passionately debating and discussing the nuances of their music had the band decided to go all clean and squeaky and write songs just to make the pop charts.

Different drugs were a part of every different Dead era and very much a part of their identity. As the late great Bill Hicks would remind you, when it came to legendary songs that pass the test of time and a LOT of the people who created them: "Reeaaaaal high on drugs."